Addressing health-related needs of people who are homeless or at-risk has long been recognized as a key component of efforts to prevent and end homelessness. Similarly, it has become increasingly clear that stable housing is fundamental to both maintaining good health and minimizing the costs of unnecessary emergency room utilization and hospital admissions.
The ongoing national discussion surrounding health care has created unprecedented opportunities to increase coverage and link health care, supportive services, and housing, which in turn creates opportunities to realize better outcomes for the people served. At the same time, from around the country, proven examples of how to achieve such linkages are emerging, including health homes, permanent supportive housing, housing and healthcare navigators, and case management/care coordination strategies, to name just a few. HUD, along with its Federal Partners, has made significant investments to support communities in their efforts to form cross-system partnerships and increase systems coordination to bridge the gap between homeless housing and services systems and mainstream health care and services systems.
To better meet the needs of people who are homeless and people living with HIV/AIDS who have low incomes, HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsored a technical assistance (TA) initiative beginning in October 2014 to support states and communities in undertaking the systems changes needed to enhance collaboration and integration of homeless housing and healthcare systems. The goal of the Initiative was and is to maximize care coverage for the target populations and increase access to comprehensive healthcare and supportive services that can be coordinated with housing.
The primary feature of the Initiative was customized, facilitated on-site action planning sessions, which were critical steps forward for communities' efficient and comprehensive provision of services to individuals at the intersection of affordable housing and health care assistance.
Access materials and resources to support communities in working to increase and improve housing and healthcare coordination and systems integration.
These State and Territory Profiles provide a quick guide to key healthcare resources for grantees and subrecipients of the Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) programs.
Resources of Interest for Housing & Healthcare (H2) Communities
Date Posted: March 18, 2016
Upcoming: Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model Webinar - Overview & Application Requirements
Date Posted: January 14, 2016
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Currently Accepting Applications for the Accountable Health Communities Model
Date Posted: January 13, 2016
State Approaches for Integrating Behavioral Health into Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations
Date Posted: November 16, 2015
Federal Partners Announce Availability of Program Support for State Medicaid-Housing Agency Partnerships
Date Posted: November 10, 2015